Friday, November 14, 2014

Trail maintenance rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 23

UPDATE: The Mac Pass work day planned for Nov. 15 has been rescheduled for next Sunday (Nov. 23) due to the cold weather. Time remains the same; meet in the parking lot at noon.
Once again, direct your questions to Peter Brumm ( Appologies for the late notice, but I know none of you really wanted to work outside tomorrow. Next weekend the weather looks to be in the mid-30s again. 
Thanks, Peter

Monday, November 10, 2014

Trail maintenance scheduled for this coming Saturday

Please join the Last Chance Nordic Ski Club for a trail maintenance day at MacDonald Pass next Saturday (11/15). Meet in the parking lot at 12:00 and if your time allows, plan on working until 4:00pm. Dress accordingly and bring water, snacks, work gloves, and chain saws. If you have any questions, email Peter Brumm at

From Peter Brumm

Monday, November 3, 2014

LCNSC Blackfoot Night + Windbag Saloon Night

Come drink a beer and enjoy a burger tonight, in support of your Last Chance Nordic Ski Club, in support of local cross country skiing. A portion of today’s beer and burger sales from the Blackfoot and ‘Bag will be donated to the LCNSC. 

Beer at the Blackfoot, 4 p.m. —
Burgers at the Windbag,  5:30 to 9:00 p.m.  (note: corrected from my earlier erroneous e-mail)

The 2014-15 XC ski season is just around the corner, time-wise, and just around the corner, spatially-wise as well. Helena is fortunate in having groomed ski trails up on MacDonald Pass. Great, close-by XC skiing is possible due to the cooperation between Last Chance Nordic Ski Club, the Helena National Forest, Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and you my dear skier. 

Your membership donation helps keep us skiing up on Mac Pass and, when snow allows, down on the Bill Roberts Golf Course. 

Join in the fun tonight; come support local cross country skiing and your local nordic ski club. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Youth Nordic Ski Season Rental Program Available

For the 2014-2015 winter season, The Base Camp will offer the following seasonal youth Nordic ski rental program:
  • Youth Nordic Ski Rental Season is December 1, 2014-February 23, 2015.
  • Eligible youth will be 3-12 years old.  
  • Classic ski, boot and pole rental will be $50.00/season. 
  • Reservations must be made by November 15, 2014. After November 15, 2014, youth ski rentals will be available on a daily basis.
  • Rental equipment to include only junior classic skis, junior classic poles and junior classic boots and is subject to availability. 
  • Rental equipment must be returned to The Base Camp by February 23, 2015. Equipment not returned will incur a daily rental fee for each day past February 23, 2015. Daily rental rates are $10.00/day for youth Nordic ski equipment.
Tim Lynch, Manager/Hard Goods Buyer, The Base Camp

Community Night at Blackfoot River Brewing on November 3

The Blackfoot River Brewing Co. is once again donating $1 for each beer sold on Monday, November 3rd (yes, the day before the general election!) to the Last Chance Nordic Ski Club. Come by, say hi to friends, renew your annual membership ($25 for individuals and $50 for families), buy a beer or two, and get a LCNSC thermal stainless steel cup for an additional $5.

Robert Ray, President, Last Chance Nordic Ski Club

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ski Trail Work Day (Sunday 9/28 @ noon)

Ski Club Members:

We're looking for volunteers next Sunday (9/28) to help with prepping the ski trails at Mac Pass for another great snow season soon to be underway. Activities include clearing deadfall, shortening stumps, weed whipping, clearing rock, etc. There's a variety of tasks for all skill levels and interests. 

The day will start at the parking lot at noon. Please bring work gloves, boots (it's a bit mucky in places), snacks, and water. If this time does not work with your schedule, look for future volunteer days in October. 

Please RSVP Peter Brumm at if you are interested in this event or have questions. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Conditions Report -- Skiing is good; Don't be dissuaded by spring in the valley

As you can see, skiing continues to rock on the Mac Pass trails. Grooming? Who needs grooming when you can ski on 1-2 feet of consolidated springtime goodness? (Trails are un-groomed, but for classic skiers, things were good if not set-tracked, and I bet skating would be possible if a little on the heroic side.) I bet the snow gets better (turning from ice to corn) as the snow warms up through the day.

The snowpack has consolidated. Late this afternoon there was an inch or so of loose corn snow on the surface. Scott and his faithful companion skied all the way up the Microwave Road. I was on another mission, and only skied as far as the SST, where just immediately uphill I made the best tele turns I've had all year. (This is misleading, if accurate. I mostly made alpine turns this winter. Still, the turns were as sweet as was the corn.)

The first 150 yards included some grass and dirt (smart skiers would walk), but I found all the little brook crossings to be no-stress and covered by snow or skiable ice. Honestly, the skiing was fun, the coverage was fine (although the snow is dirty), the sun blazed down, and the air was scented by Pine and Fir. It's hard to imagine it being any better any time of the year.